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How Do I Read a Building Report and What Does It All Mean?

April 11, 2018
By Adam
Posted in Pre-Purchase Property Inspections
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How Do I Read a Building Report and What Does It All Mean?

How Do I Read a Building Report and What Does It All Mean?


Property inspections are often not thought of as a necessity amongst many home buyers, which is nothing short of concerning. With property prices at an all-time high, knowing precisely what you are paying for couldn’t be more important. A pre-purchase building report will acknowledge all visible and non-visible defects within the property as well as photographs to back up defect claims, the urgency of defects, pest reports and recommendations for potential repairs and solutions.  

At Detail Building Inspections, whether you are buying or selling we are the experts in property inspection. We understand that at times a building inspection report can seem like an overload of information and that’s why we make a point of categorising specific sections of the property and communicate them to you in defined headings to make the report as clear and easy to read as possible.

We’ve listed an outline of a pre-purchase property inspection to help give you an idea of what you can expect from one of our building inspection reports. We will attach a significant amount of photographs to the associated defect areas to give you a visual aid, a better understanding of the issues present and visible evidence.

Once you have had a read of your property inspection report, feel free to give our team a call, and we can explain anything further over the phone.



The first thing you’ll see in your report is a summary encompassing an overview of everything that was found at the time of inspection. Starting with the most critical defects as well as giving you a brief understanding of areas that were inspected, and any other findings that may require your attention.


Minor Defects

Cosmetic defects are a common occurrence in a building inspection. However, they shouldn’t be overlooked. While these things will not affect buildings structural integrity, they can influence the appearance of a property which can prove to be make or break to a potential buyer.


Needs Observing

These are the defects that start off small but if left unattended or forgotten about it could lead to costly issues further down the track. These include things such as small water damaged areas, cracks or corrosion.


Major Defects

These are the defects that require immediate attention and can result in costly repairs if not properly addressed. This includes things such as structural integrity, which can prove to be an unsafe environment for you and your family. However, if your heart is set on a property, a building inspection can help you negotiate a better asking price leaving you with leftover money for any repairs.



This is where we will look at the issues and defects identified and provide you with a range of recommendations through fully licensed and experienced professionals.

Next your building inspection report will be broken up into ‘Interior’ and ‘Exterior’. Here is where areas associated with those titles are reported on.


Interior Report

This will look at all of the defects identified throughout the interior of the household. Our reporting team will break this up into individual room assessments.

The previous owner may have tried to cover up interior defects, but our highly trained team of building inspection professionals will be able to successfully identify these cover-ups, notify you and help you turn towards the right professional for the repair process.



Our inspectors will look at the flooring condition in individual rooms as well as the home’s flooring as a whole. Materials such as timber floorboards may be susceptible to defects such as buckling, floorboard movement and pest damage, and this is why your flooring report may differ from room to room.

From here, depending on the defect that was identified, we will make recommendations as to which trade is best suited for the repair.


Interior Walls

Our inspectors will assess the state of your interior walls to determine if there is any damage to the wall itself as well as doors and windows. Our moisture metres help identify any moisture within the walls. The extent of the damage will determine the repair cost and type of tradesman needed.


Interior Ceiling

An area that can be susceptible to water damage from exterior issues such as leaking roofs, your interior ceiling is a highly important aspect of your home. Our team will look for damages to the ceiling itself including plasterboard and cornices. If there is a defect and depending on what it is it may require regular maintenance.


Property Exterior

This part of the report looks at all of the structural integrity of the exterior of your home as well as other structures on the property. It is important that these areas are assessed correctly in order to correctly identify necessary repairs and acknowledge future problems. Saving you thousands and numerous headaches further down the track.



Damage to a structure's roof can lead to numerous issues including water damage and insulation issues if not addressed properly, which will only worsen over time if left unattended. If your roof access space is compliant with the Australian Standard and all appears safe, our team will extend the inspection to the roofs cavity.

We will also list an assessment of gutters, downpipes as well as testing for any water leaks and debris build-up which can prove to be a safety endangerment in the event of a fire.



Exterior walls are exposed to Australian weather conditions 24/7. Our building inspection team will list any cracks and other defects in the report.



Drainage is an important aspect to any home. Our inspectors will look at your property’s capability of managing extreme weather indicating how things may look in the event of flooding or stormwater damage.


Other Structures

A good quality inspector will look at all aspects of the property, including structures such as sheds, carports and verandas. Our team will assess these areas along with the main building to give you the peace of mind you’re looking for.


Pest Assessment

At Detail Building Inspections we offer pest inspections in conjunction with a regular home or property inspection as well as offering it as a separate service. Our state of the art technology allows us to identify any potential pest infestations, pest threats and damage from previous outbreaks.


For The Best Property Inspections In Adelaide Call Today!

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your Adelaide home or commercial property, Detail Building Inspections are the best in their field. With over 15 years of experience, the team will go to every effort to provide you with a detailed and thorough property inspection allowing you to move forward with confidence. Call the team today!



Defects found upon inspection that need addressing immediately
Safety hazards that require urgent attention
Major defects that require professional help due to extensive damage
Superficial defects that are classed as normal maintenance
Anything we feel is need for concern
Most Common Defects :
Dampness Issues
Termite Infestation
Fire Hazards
Poor External Surface Drainage
Damaged Roof Sheets Or Tiles
Safety Switches
Leaking Showers & Baths
Smoke Detectors
Major & Minor Wall Cracks
Subsiding Foundations
Defective Gutters
Decayed Boundary Fences
Tree Root Damage
Safety & Electrical Hazards
Bouncy & Uneven Floors
Leaking Hot Water Units
Non Compliant Downlight’s
Active Water Leaks
Salt Damp
Brick & Mortar Deterioration
Subfloor Ventilation
Damp Proof Course

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Whether you’re a property buyer looking for a pre-purchase building inspection, a seller looking to cover all the bases, someone with a building project or an owner builder, Detail Building Inspections Adelaide is your local building inspection company.

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